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Brewmaster Monk in Battle for Azeroth (BfA)

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General Information

On this page, you will find information on how to play your Brewmaster Monk in Battle for Azeroth. Because the new expansion is still in beta, this guide is simply here to help you perform better in the beta or to give you a sneak peek into what the new expansion has in store for your class.

The other pages of our Brewmaster Monk guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Quotey, who has been tanking as a Brewmaster Monk since they first rolled onto the scene. He currently raids in Echoes and is reachable on the friendly Monk Discord.

1. Foreword

This page is a primer on the upcoming changes to the Brewmaster specialization in Battle for Azeroth. Expansions often bring sweeping changes, so if you were not lucky enough to gain access to the Beta or lacked the free time to play it then this guide will cover everything you need to know to bring you up to speed. Keep in mind that this is oriented towards players who have a basic grasp on Brewmaster as it is, and will not explain concepts and terminology you will already be familiar with from the Brewmaster Monk Guide.

Blizzard are always liable to make tweaks to the specialization, so it is possible small sections of this guide may become out of date. The Changelog section will tell you the latest changes, so you can come back and check occasionally to see if anything has happened without hunting through each part of the guide individually.

2. Basic Mechanics Changes for Brewmaster Monk in BfA

The base playstyle of the specialization remains essentially the same. If you are somewhat confident right now in Legion then you will be able to jump straight in to Battle for Azeroth with very little adjustment at all and achieve similar results. However, you should make sure that you are aware of the minor adjustments below so you can keep playing optimally:

2.1. Core Mechanic Changes

  • Stagger Icon Stagger no longer delays a flat percentage of damage taken. Instead, the amount of damage you stagger from each hit now scales with your Agility, and is therefore boosted by the level of your gear. In addition, all spells which added a flat amount to your level of staggered damage (Ironskin Brew Icon Ironskin Brew, High Tolerance Icon High Tolerance, Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew) now modify base stagger by a percentage.
  • The amount of magic damage staggered has been lowered, from 40% to 25% of your physical stagger, as part of a series of changes to ALL tanks to make them more vulnerable to magic damage. Mystic Vitality Icon Mystic Vitality has been removed, and its effects are now baseline.
  •  Icon Exploding Keg will be left behind with our artifact.
  • Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep is now baseline for all Monk specializations. Replacing it in the talent tree is Tiger Tail Sweep Icon Tiger Tail Sweep, which increases range and reduces the cooldown by 10 seconds.
  • Blackout Combo Icon Blackout Combo has changed slightly: it no longer modifies Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew and the increase in Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm damage has been lowered. This, coupled with losing  Icon Face Palm, means that it will no longer be a giant DPS gain.
  • Self-sustain has been reduced, leading to slightly more dependency on healers. This is especially noticeable in 5-man and solo content.
  • Threat generation has been slightly reduced. Clever use of taunts and threat redirection abilities should make this very manageable if you are competing with excellent DPS, but it is just as likely you will not notice the change.

As part of a "stat squish", all abilities have had their damage and healing values reduced. Your damage breakdown should remain much the same, aside from melee autoattacks which will be significantly higher. Some spells have received minor alterations outside of these number adjustments.

2.2. Spell Changes

  • Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash has had its slow reduced from 50% to 20%. If you desire a 50% slow, consider using Special Delivery Icon Special Delivery, which remains unchanged.
  • Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire no longer grants a stack of Mastery: Elusive Brawler Icon Mastery: Elusive Brawler. The damage reduction of  Icon Hot Blooded has been baked into the spell at 5%.
  • The shared cooldowns of Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew and Ironskin Brew Icon Ironskin Brew have been reduced from 21 to 14 seconds. Ironskin Brew's duration has been increased from 6 to 7 seconds.
  • The cooldown of Black Ox Brew Icon Black Ox Brew has been increased from 90 to 120 seconds. It remains mathematically superior to Light Brewing Icon Light Brewing, but this closes the gap for those who do not wish to have an extra button.
  • Effuse Icon Effuse has been essentially renamed to Vivify Icon Vivify. The Energy cost and cast time remains the same.

All of this leads to the gameplay of Brewmaster feeling very recognizable. The only change you may feel regarding the rotation is with the loss of frequently used legendaries Sal'salabim's Lost Tunic Icon Sal'salabim's Lost Tunic and Stormstout's Last Gasp Icon Stormstout's Last Gasp, which will have you using Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire and Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash a bit less than in Legion.

3. Talent Changes for Brewmaster Monk in BfA

BFA Brewmaster Talent Tree

At the moment, the talent tree for Brewmaster is very similar in Battle for Azeroth. This is not certain to carry over to release, as Blizzard are still working hard on Brewmaster Monk.

  • Tiger Tail Sweep Icon Tiger Tail Sweep modifies Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep, which is now baseline. The cooldown being lowered by 10 seconds will be excellent for 5-man content, and could help in some raid encounters with frequent add spawns. You should certainly not overlook Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace and Summon Black Ox Statue Icon Summon Black Ox Statue — the utility of these can far outweigh slightly improving a spell you already have.
  • Bob and Weave Icon Bob and Weave replaces Mystic Vitality Icon Mystic Vitality (which has been baked in to Stagger Icon Stagger as if you always had it). The talent increases the duration of your stagger DoT by 3s (much like Jewel of the Lost Abbey Icon Jewel of the Lost Abbey in Legion). At first look this may seem ineffective or maybe even negative! However, by spreading out the same amount of damage over more time it leads to each individual stagger tick being less, a 100k tick being reduced to 76.8k damage. This means that, with more damage left in the stagger pool, every Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew is much more effective. It is likely this talent will be used in place of Dampen Harm Icon Dampen Harm in Raids and Dungeons where there is a lack of burst damage. Healing Elixir Icon Healing Elixir remains the premier option for leveling and solo content.
  • Spitfire Icon Spitfire has replaced Gift of the Mists Icon Gift of the Mists. Unfortunately since Black Ox Brew Icon Black Ox Brew is essential to maintaining Ironskin Brew Icon Ironskin Brew while still having brews left over for purifies, the talent is a very poor choice. The additional DPS it provides is marginal in most situations, so for now its only use is leveling and low pressure content.
  • Guard Icon Guard has finally returned to the PvE side of the game, replacing Elusive Dance Icon Elusive Dance. Its functionality has changed from being an absorb to stopping any staggered damage (up to its tooltip amount) from entering your ticking stagger pool. At the moment, the amount of stagger damage it mitigates is too small to be worth taking, but this will no doubt be tweaked with later builds of the Beta.

4. Azerite Traits for Brewmaster Monks

Artifact Weapons are being replaced in Battle for Azeroth, but a similar concept will remain in the Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, an Artifact necklace all characters receive early in the expansion. The system should be very familiar: players gain Azerite (essentially Artifact Power) throughout the expansion and spend it on Azerite Traits to empower spells and gear, and add new passives. While the traits are constantly in flux at the moment, it is unlikely for any of them to alter the specialization fundamentally.

5. ChangeLog

  • 17 Jun. 2018: Added new talents Guard and Spitfire.
  • 01 Jun. 2018: New talent Bob and Weave.
  • 30 May 2018: Page added.
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